On 26 January 2023, the first edition of the bilateral air exercise Veer Guardian 2023 between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) ended in Japan.

JASDF aircraft participated in the exercise with the F-2 and F-15, while IAF aircraft participated with the Su-30MKI. The IAF fighter contingent was complemented by one IL-78 Flight Refueling Aircraft and two C-17 Globemaster strategic airlift transport aircraft.

IAF & Japan AIR self defence force Set to exercise jointly in Japan

Over 16 days of training, the two Air Forces performed complex and comprehensive aerial maneuvers in multiple simulated operational scenarios. Both air forces planned and executed the exercise well. IAF and JASDF engaged in air combat maneuvering, interception, and air defence missions, both in Visual and Beyond Visual Range settings. Aircrew of the two participating Air Forces also flew in each other’s fighter aircraft to gain a deeper understanding of each other’s operating philosophies.

Exercise ‘Veer Guardian 2023’ provided the two Air Forces with an opportunity to enhance mutual understanding. The exercise also witnessed numerous ground interactions between IAF and JASDF personnel where in various aspects were discussed by both sides. This enabled the participating contingents to obtain invaluable insight into each other’s best practices and learn from each other’s unique capabilities.